Safe Communities announced that there have been 13 fatal crashes to date compared to 10 last year at this time.
The year is quickly ending, and with that comes the end of Daylight Savings Time. According to the National Safety Council, the risk of being in a fatal crash is three times greater at night. Therefore, with night approaching sooner and the days getting shorter, please take extra caution when driving in the dark.
Along with being more cautious at night, every driver should know the warning signs of, and how to avoid, drowsy driving. Having trouble keeping your head up, nodding off, veering into another lane or onto the rumble strip, and frequent yawning — are all signals that you are too drowsy to drive safely.
Drowsy driving is estimated to contribute to 1.2 million collisions annually, resulting in potentially 5,000 to 8,000 fatalities per year. Despite these risks, experts agree that drowsy driving is far too prevalent. Lack of sleep slows reaction time, impairs judgment, and increases the risk of dozing off while driving.
Take the simple step to protect yourself and others by always being well rested before you get behind the wheel. Never risk driving when you are drowsy. If you do find yourself drowsy while driving – remember: Take a Break. Drive Awake. It may just save your life or someone else’s.
For More Information:
- Angel Burgos, Ohio State Highway Patrol: 419-352-2481
- Sandy Wiechman, Safe Communities Coordinator: 419-372-9353 or [email protected]